Diary of Basilio J. Valdes

March 10, 1942 — Tuesday

Got up at 12:30 a.m. to give Captain Salazar the code. Served at Mass and took Holy communion. At 10 a.m. left with Chaplain Ortiz and Captain Salazar to Buenos Aires. On the road we met Colonel Hilsman and Captain Mason who were on their way to Panubigan. I told them that the President was sick and unable to talk so they turned around and I rode with them as far as La Granja. We dropped Captain Salazar at La Granja to decode the telegrams brought by the Colonel. Chaplain Ortiz and I proceeded to Buenos Aires and then to Bacolod where we had to buy some things. At 5 p.m. I returned to Buenos Aires Colonel Hilsman’s car was waiting for me. While in Silay I visited the concentration camp for Japanese, Germany and Italians. They had no complaint and were well treated. There I saw Belloti and Bigardi.

At 6:30 p.m. I met Colonel Hilsman at La Carlota and we went to the Sugar Central where we were the guests of Mr. & Mrs. Fritz Von Kauffman for supper. Mrs. Kauffman (Amalia) was surprised and happy to see me. I was once their family physician. The little girl I had so often treated is already eleven years old. The dinner was excellent. At 9:30 p.m. I left, dropped Colonel Hilsman and Captain Mason at their Headquarters at La Granja and then proceeded to Panubigan arriving there at 11:30 p.m.